DATE ENTERED: May 16, 2022
POSITION: Head of Circulation
LOCATION: Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
APPLY BY: Review of applications will begin June 6, 2022

Working Title    Head of Circulation
Position Number    FA058
FLSA    Exempt
Appointment Type    Full Time
Sensitive Position    No
Sensitive Position Statement    A sensitive position requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check. This is NOT a sensitive position.
Campus Security Authority    No
Campus Security Authority Statement    This position is NOT designated as a Campus Security Authority. A Campus Security Authority (or CSA) is defined as an “official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” A CSA is required to immediately report any crime that is reported to them to the University Police who will then review, evaluate, and investigate the reported crime. Annual training is required by the Department of Education for all personnel who have been designated as a Campus Security Authority.
Designated Personnel    No
Designated Personnel Statement    A “designated position” means this position could potentially be required to work (depending on the event) during an emergency closing. This is NOT a “designated position.”
Statement of Economic Interest    No
Statement of Economic Interest Statement    This position does NOT require a Statement of Personal Economic Interest.
Restricted Position    No
Restricted Position Statement    A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding. This is NOT a restricted position.
Chief Objective of Position    This position is a member of the administrative library staff who supervises all aspects of the Circulation Department.

Work Tasks    

  • Supervise all aspects of the Circulation and Reserve services for the Trible Library.
  • Supervise and review three classified positions and two part-time positions. Train positions as necessary on new procedures, policies and services. Ensure library services are adequately staffed. Establish work schedules. Assist in the training and supervision of student workers.
  • Exercises independent judgement and decision making in setting policies and procedures for the Circulation Department in consultation with the University Librarian.
  • Apply knowledge of technology and patron issues in working with Head of Technology Services on issues related to Circulation and Reserve systems of the Library Management System. Including loan periods and circulation notices.
  • Provide high level of service to general public. Sets standards of service for the department.
  • Provide analysis of general library usage to University Librarian on a regular basis.
  • Responsible for gathering and analysis of circulation and reserve statistics and reporting them to the University Librarian.
  • Inform University Librarian on issues related to Circulation issues.
  • Monitor and supervise building issues.
  • Support library instruction efforts as needed.
  • Provide reference assistance.
  • Serve as liaison to one or more academic departments.
  • This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
  • Develop and maintain very positive and professional customer service and/or relations within the office/department and with all constituencies to include students, faculty, staff, guests, and employees. Demonstrate a positive and professional attitude and treat everyone with dignity and respect. Fully support the “Student’s First” value at CNU and routinely goes the extra mile in providing service.
  • Review and communicate safety issues to assure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work related absence.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) required    Ability to communicate with undergraduate students. Ability to work with academic faculty Knowledge of academic library services. Knowledge of online library resources. Familiarity with issues involved in developing, delivering, and assessing user service issues. Good oral and written communication skills. Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated commitment to public service. Must be a self-starter and able to work independently as well as part of a team in a collegial environment. Evidence of potential to maintain an ongoing program of professional involvement and development.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) preferred    Knowledge of science library resources.

Required Education    Must have a Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA accredited university at time of start date.

Preferred Education    Undergraduate degree in any science discipline.

Experience Required    Academic library experience. Experience with providing direct user assistance in a customer focused environment. Experience in providing academic library reference services. Experience using current technology to deliver or enhance teaching, learning, and/or user services.
Experience Preferred    Experience in providing instruction and reference services in an academic library. Experience supervising.

CNU Information    Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 387 Best Colleges: 2022 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as 3rd among public regional universities in the South and 6th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus. Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored, and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit

Posting Number    AP235P
Number of Vacancies    1
Posting Date    05/16/2022
Application Deadline    06/06/2022

Application Instructions    

  • Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application.
  • Review of applications will begin June 6, 2022.
  • Applications received after June 6, 2022, will be accepted but considered only if needed.
  • Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.
  • Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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